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Inside the Internet Outrage Machine with Jim Norton

After 2012's Please Be Offended and 2013's American Degenerate, standup Jim Norton returns to television tonight with his third Epix special Contextually Inadequate. Filmed at Boston's Somerville Theatre in January, the special dives deep into recent pop culture scandals and their internet backlash aftermaths, covering everything from the demise of Bill Cosby and Donald Sterling to his own personal experience after the firing of his friend and Opie and Anthony Show cohost Anthony Cumia last July. Ahead of Contextually Adequate's premiere, Norton spoke with us about hosting his own show on Vice, the difference between online criticism and outrage, and what projects he has planned for the year ahead.

Deranged Billionaire John Hodgman Leaves 'The Daily Show' for Mars

Here's a clip from last night's Daily Show featuring resident billionaire John Hodgman, who says his goodbyes before moving on to a high-profile gated community on Mars. If you try to make sense of Hodgman's journey, don't waste your time: "I wouldn't think about it too hard, Jon. It's very deep."

'David Letterman: A Life on Television' to Air on CBS May 4th

Before he leaves his longtime post at Late Show on May 20th, David Letterman will be the subject of a 90-minute tribute special on CBS. The network announced today that David Letterman: A Life on Television will air on Monday, May 4th from 9:30-11:00pm with host Ray Romano, who got his first big break on Letterman's show in 1995. Read CBS's full announcement below:

Jim Gaffigan and David Letterman Talk Jesus, Standup, and the Midwest

Jim Gaffigan made his final appearance on Late Show with David Letterman last night, where he and Dave chatted about why no one should live in the Midwest, what it's like to work on his upcoming TV Land series, and why it's impressive that Jesus was in such good shape, which involves the constant temptation of pretzel bread.

20 More Episodes of 'Lip Sync Battle' Are on the Way

Get ready for a lot more celebrity lip syncing. Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Merchant, and John Krasinski's new Spike series Lip Sync Battle has broken ratings records for the network, so today's news is not too much of a surprise: According to Variety, it's officially landed a 20-episode second season renewal to debut sometime next year. Guest stars on the LL Cool J-hosted series so far this season include Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Anne Hathaway. "Lip Sync Battle is a television and viral rock star for Spike," said Spike president Kevin Kay. "We are thrilled to be renewing Lip Sync Battle whose success is [...]

Seann William Scott Looks Back on 'SNL's Classic "Patriotic Shorts" Sketch

Seann William Scott was a guest on last night's Late Night, and since he and Seth Meyers hadn't seen each other since he hosted SNL in October 2001, the guys decided to take a look back on a sketch from his episode, and one of SNL's funniest Will Ferrell sketches ever, "Patriotic Shorts." Thanks to Ferrell's incredible performance, Scott admits he still gets "Will Ferrell nutsack flashbacks" every now and then.

A 'Punk'd' Revival Is in the Works at BET

Ashton Kutcher's MTV prank show Punk'd is heading back to television. According to THR, BET is reviving the series for a new version "tailored for the BET audience" that will feature a "behind-the-scenes look at how the celebrity pranks are conceptualized and carried through." No host has been announced yet. The original series ran on MTV from 2003-2007 and was briefly revived for a ninth season in 2012. Punk'd joins Celebrity Deathmatch as the latest MTV series set for a TV reboot.

Here's the Star-Studded Trailer for Season 3 of IFC's 'Maron'

Marc Maron returns to IFC next month for a brand new season of Maron, and the first trailer was just released. It's loaded with new and returning stars like Andy Kindler, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Whitney Cummings, Andy Dick, Eddie Pepitone, Dave Anthony, Judd Hirsch, and Sally Kellerman. Season 3 premieres on IFC Thursday, May 14th at 10:00pm.

Seth Meyers Spends a Day at Yankee Stadium

Here's a clip from last night's Late Night, in which Seth Meyers heads to Yankee Stadium for a day: "It's April in New York City, it's fucking freezing, which means it's time for some baseball!" Meyers meets a Yankees bat boy, locker room attendant, organist, beer vendor, and radio announcer Michael Kay and also gets some good practice hitting Late Night writer Seth Reiss with bags of peanuts.

Simon Rich Signs a Two-Year Overall Deal with FX

SNL alum and Man Seeking Woman creator Simon Rich is sticking with FX for the next two years. The Wrap reports that Rich has signed a two-year overall deal with the network less than two months after his FXX series landed a second season renewal. "They've given us more creative freedom than I ever dreamed was possible," Rich said on FX in a statement. "I'm determined to develop shows with them that are honest, original and gross. I can't wait to get started." For more on Rich's work, check out our interview with him from January.

Watch Monty Python Take Over 'The Tonight Show'

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show featuring Monty Python's Terry Jones, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam, who are in town to celebrate Monty Python and the Holy Grail's special 40th anniversary screening in New York. The interview is not complete without a little drama over John Cleese not wanting to sit by Terry Gilliam (The cat fight continues!), but once Cleese finds a seat behind Fallon's desk, things gets a little more civil.

Reese Witherspoon and Louis C.K. Set as 'SNL's Final Season 40 Hosts

SNL just revealed two upcoming hosts. A week after Scarlett Johansson hosts on May 2nd, Reese Witherspoon will return for her second hosting stint on May 9th with musical guest Florence and the Machine. Witherspoon last hosted in 2001 in the first episode after 9/11.

The following week will be the season 40 finale, and they've got a big host set: Louis C.K with musical guest Rihanna. It will make C.K.'s third time hosting SNL.

Sketch Anatomy: Jake Fogelnest on 'The State's "Taco Man"

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite comedy writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy we spoke with Jake Fogelnest, who has written for Funny or Die, Billy on the Street, Hulu's Difficult People, and Netflix's upcoming and warmly anticipated Wet Hot American Summer prequel series. On top of all that, Fogelnest also has a new Ben Stiller-produced show in the works at IFC tentatively titled [...]

Chris Rock on HBO's 'Real Sports': "Baseball Is Dying. Literally."

Here's a new clip from HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel featuring comedian and longtime baseball fan Chris Rock, who takes on baseball's growing diversity issues, explains why most black people just don't love the sport anymore, and breaks down why this should be extremely troubling for those in the industry: "You lose black America, you lose young America," Rock warns. "And make no mistake: Baseball is losing."